Notes from a Remodeling & General Contractor for the Wichita, KS Area
Springtime in Kansas is when most people are motivated to get outside and start home maintenance, remodeling, and yard/landscaping projects. As you head outside to turn on that outside faucet, it is important to be mindful of the risk of water mitigation issues. The hose bibb or sillcock (outdoor water faucet attached to the exterior of your home) connection is a common place where water lines freeze during the cold winter months since this area is connected to the exterior of the home.
Have you ever compared the plumbing parts between a professional wholesale supplier and a typical big box store and wondered about the price difference for what appears to be the same brand name products? You are not alone. Let’s discuss the differences.
We’ve all heard the horror stories, and some of us have lived them in Wichita, KS area. Stories of home owners who gave money to “contractors” whom they never saw again or who did half a job and disappeared.
While owners of older homes in the Wichita, KS area are more likely to encounter frozen pipes than newer construction, they can still happen to anyone. The likelihood mainly depends on where the pipes are located and how they are insulated. When water freezes, it expands, and weak metal or plastic pipes that aren’t insulated are more susceptible to bursting or leaking after thawing.
Taking a recent post in a more personal and practical direction, we’re going to discuss how the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration, Certification (IICRC) is important to you, the consumer (home or business owner), in the event you face a fire or water related loss in your home.
‘Tis the season for Christmas lights, space heaters, fireplace activity, and winter storms. Is your home in the Wichita, KS metro area ready? In this post, we’ll discuss ways to prepare your home.
In our ongoing series about water restoration, we’ve discussed the categories of water damage but now want to turn our attention to the various classifications.
In past articles, we have referenced the IICRC. What exactly is it? Within most industries and professions, there are ways of recognizing professional work standards and providing continuing education including fire & water damage mitigation. Consumers value safety, integrity of work, excellence, and professional work standards. For example, the airline industry has developed certifications and continuing education courses to certify and educate pilots.
We are continuing our Water Restoration Categories & Classes series which covers the various types of water losses and why it is good to have a professional team dry and repair damage. Previously we discussed Category 1 - "clean water" and in this post we will be discussing Category 2 - “Grey Water” and the dangers of a slow response.